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Report: RB Spencer Ware to visit Detroit Lions on Monday

The Lions are seeking more running back depth, and it may put Theo Riddick’s future in doubt.

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The Detroit Lions may have re-signed running back Zach Zenner last week, but it appears they are still very much in the market for more help in the backfield. According to Adam Schefter, the Lions are hosting former Chiefs tailback Spencer Ware for a visit on Monday.

Ware, 27, has been around the NFL since 2013, but his career didn’t really take off until he landed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015. Playing mostly as backup with the Chiefs, Ware racked up 1,570 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and 59 catches for 676 yards over three seasons. His best season came in 2016, when—as the full-time starter—he rushed for 921 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 447 yards receiving.

Prior to his time in Kansas City, he played one season in Seattle under Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Ware is an interesting option for the Lions, because he is both a receiving and rushing threat. The Lions already have a player like that in Theo Riddick, but many have speculated that Riddick could be a potential cap casualty, seeing as he carries a $4.6 million cap hit in 2019, but Detroit could save nearly $3.7 million by trading or cutting him.

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